Bathroom tiles are available in a surprising number of composition and materials. Often times, the first to come in a person’s mind would usually be: Vinyl, Ceramic, and Porcelain tiles as they are the most popular picks and probably the most practical, though a lot of choices are available in present day, from wood and cork to stone and glass. So here is a brief guide for choosing your best tile pick for your dream bathroom experience:
The most known bathroom flooring material is Vinyl, it is simply popular due to its high degree of practicality and affordability. It is well-suited for every single bathroom in your home. Effortlessly, it beats other popular choices for safety, comfort, and durability. Hands down, these tiles have come a long way in both elegance and ease of installation.
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Ceramic & Porcelain
Whether your taste run from exquisite arrangements to brilliant hues to exotic patterns, nothing compares to the beauty that Ceramics and Porcelains can offer. Ceramics are manufactured through the process of heating and cooling natural clay and minerals. Though Ceramics aren’t as generous with regards to comfort to the bare foot as with Vinyl, its high regard to maintenaince make up for it. Adding radiant floor heat helps, but still, a hard surface is hard whether or not it’s warm. These tiles can resist wear and scratches though, if caated with a high-grade glaze. Porcelains, though also manufactured from natural clay, are generally harder and are created by heating more refined clay to higher temperatures creating a denser wall tile that is perfect for any wall in your home. Some also have through-body colors, an advantage when chipping of the tile happens.
For the brave and fearless do-it-yourselfers, this pick is the one for you. During installation, the tiles must be carefully sealed around the room boundaries and at every joint. For protection, two coats of polyurethane must be applied to serve as the finish. You can use it in a powder room but its highly recommended to avoid in full baths that get a lot of use. The main problem with this one is once water goes through the finish, there will be a stain and it wont probably ever go away.
Cork gives off a warm feel on the feet. Putting on the tiles arent that difficult, but if you happen to buy the unfinished ones, it is highly recommended for you to protect them with two coats of polyurethane. Generally, cork tiles are installed with a troweled-on adhesive, but click-in-place floating floor products are also available.
These tiles are made from limestone, marble, granite and slate, and are available in variety of modest but rich colors that range from creams to blues, reds, greens and golds. Available textures are as numerous and include cleft, tumbled, sandblasted, etched and flamed variations. Stone requires more maintenance than ceramic tile; regular cleaning and sealing are recommended. Plus, stone is typically more expensive than similar-looking ceramic or porcelain tiles.
Glass floor tiles are about as unique as you can get. This kind of tile holds up well when properly installed and can resist slips if textured well. These tiles can be either iridescent, translucent or opaque and its wide array of colors suit any style. You can bring any space you feel dull to life with its bold qualities. Its elegance is twofold: covering the floor in a thin layer of glass gives off an illusion of depth, and if you tint the glass, it gives off a stunning stained-glass effect.